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Winston County, Alabama

Winston County was established as Hancock County on Feb. 12, 1850 from territory formerly in Walker County. Renamed Winston County on January 22, 1858. This particular county was named for Gov. John Hancock of Massachusetts and John A. Winston (1812–1871), 15th Governor of Alabama.

Currently the Winston County Seat is located in Double Springs and in addition the county government website is

Locations adjacent Winston County happen to be Lawrence County (north), Cullman County (east), Walkery County (south), Marion County (west), Franklin County (northwest)..

Cities and towns found in Winston County consist of Addison, Arley, Delmar, Double Springs, Haleyville, Lynn, Natural Bridge, Nauvoo, South Haleyville, Houston..

Winston County vital records can be found at the Alabama Department of Public Health which has Birth And Death Records from 1908, Marriages from 1936 and Divorce Records from 1950. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Alabama for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Winston County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Certificates to mail. You may go to any county health department in the State of Alabama to obtain a certificates can be issued while you wait.

Winston County includes Federal Census Schedules to assist in looking into your family tree. Government Population Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Winston Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Winston Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Winston Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Winston Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. Two State censuses for confederate veterans exist for 1907 and 1921. You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms that can help with your research.

Winston County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Winston County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See Also Alabama Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.

Winston County Courthouse and Government Records

Winston County Courthouse

Genealogist often overlook the significance of Winston County court, probate, and land documents as a source of genealogy and family history details.

Buried away in Alabama courthouses and archives just about everywhere are often the hopes and dreams and frustrations of countless Alabama people.

The odds are excellent that your ancestors and forefathers have left a in-depth record of at least several aspects of their lives in the Winston County court records.

Even if your forebears is not discussed in a Court case, take into consideration all of the other methods which could have lead to him or her appearing in court records.

Please call the clerk's department to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of sometimes changing contact information.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The below facts shows exactly what birth, marriage, death, land, probate, and legal records will be in Winston County. The years pointed out below could be the first widely known documents in this county. There was record loss due to a courthouse fire in 1895 .

  • Winston County Clerk of Circuit Court serves as custodian of all county court records, and is responsible for providing access to those court records by court personnel, the legal community and the public.
    • Address: P.O. Box 27, Double Springs, AL 35553
    • Phone: (205) 489-5219
    • Court Records: 1892
    • Divorce Records: are maintained among the equity records (Divorces issued prior to 1950 are located here. Divorces issued after 1950 can be found  at the Alabama Department of Public Health)
  • Winston County Clerk of Probate Court  maintains following records in the probate office: Plats, Maps, Judgments, Liens, Deeds, Mortgages, Corporations, Lis pendens, Marriage licenses, Military discharges. The Probate Judge presides over all probate court hearings for Probate of Wills, Administrations, Conservators, Guardianships, Adoptions, Legitimations, Name changes, Condemnations, Mental Commitment hearings, and performs marriage ceremonies.
    • Address: P.O. Box 309, Double Springs, AL 35553-0309
    • Phone: (205) 489-5219
    • Marriage Records: 1891 (Marriages issued prior to 1936)
    • Probate Records: 1891
    • Land Records: 1891
  • Winston County Revenue Commissioner's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
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  • Winston County Health Department has Birth Records from 1888-1918 , Death records from 1888-1918. 

Winston County Genealogy Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to Winston County. Each of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is basically a directory that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to present your own favorite Winston County genealogy or family history related sites.

Winston Co. AL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Winston Co. AL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Winston Co. AL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Winston Co. AL Census Records

Winston Co. AL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Winston Co. AL Church & Bible Records

Winston Co. AL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Winston Co. AL General and History Websites

Winston Co. AL Immigration & Naturalization

Winston Co. AL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Winston Co. AL Military Records

Winston Co. AL Schools & Directories

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